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he's there with us here at r.t. next we report on the claims that major cancer fighting drug producers are actually responsible for the pollution that causes the disease my mother was diagnosed with cancer at the age of forty nine she did not smoke she ate five fruits and vegetables a day exercised regularly and her parents never had cancer yet she was diagnosed with the disease what caused her cancer no one could say i kept wondering why. a. day.
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every day about three new synthetic chemicals enter the consumer market of the one hundred thousand synthetic chemicals in heavy commercial use only about two percent have talked to logical profiles in other words every day without our consent we're exposed to about ninety five thousand untested chemicals.
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who exactly are the world's leading chemical producers. now a new product is on grocery store shelves genetically modified foods. who develops most of the world's genetically modified crops. only a handful of independent studies have been conducted health problems ranging from infertility to proliferate of changes have been detected through these foods cause cancer we have no idea because no long term health studies have been conducted anywhere but rest easy because if someone in your family is diagnosed with cancer a number of treatments are available and here are the companies that provide them. it's. six so. it's so. it's
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this is sarnia situated three hundred kilometers from toronto. you and i may not live in sarnia but we use the fruits of its labor. vinyl siding lastic patio furniture pesticides chargeable batteries plastic food containers compact disk cases paint in jet fuel and gasoline. to make these products over five and a half million kilograms of suspected and known human carcinogens which are such. senses that cause cancer are emitted each year. dioxins one of the most toxic carcinogens known to science is also limited during these chemical processes. sitting in the middle of these over sixty chemical plants is the first nations
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reservation. health issues reason our concerns with respect to. you know all that we've been. experiencing. they don't want to use cancer. they just don't want to consider so therefore commuting off actually that's how almost every one of our meeting with the government has been there no one at that meeting for the industry or of those out there were trying to tell the industry that they have to name all the chemicals to them and they said they are really cute that n.p.r. i but the only report which is that over ten thousand tons of chemicals that are
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police and the industry was kind of upset because they didn't want to give away their trade secrets in all this and they say they do self-important you're talking about who's going to actually pull the phone. now you just let industry police them follow you and the leader does that mean but in your office waiting for them to report to you can tell you what is going on shouldn't that be allowed at home. we actually sold them the land i don't know what here it was they they did hold a boat out here and ask. well the the land and i don't know how much land that they ended up selling to them but. i have asked our elders and they said that they were told that there was going to be chemical chloroform well what did they tell you about chemicals that their chemical. abode if they didn't really
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tell me a whole lot more. and then everybody at that time i guess they must have been looking i think of dollars knowing that they're going to get some money. i don't know how much anybody profited from it. when the kids ride their bikes into town and that they say it like if there is a mist sometimes there is a mist and it burns and then they have all these little walkways around here and they have a coming from sarnia and they want to put it through a chemical about why it's going to kill everybody. every single facility that does any any kind of culture comical refining and it's fancy i'll tell you what on benzene in particular there's no law. limiting how much facilities can emit i mean a benefit that the industry has down there in having so many different facilities
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is nobody can point to one facility and say you're caught because of the problem so everybody had only industries down there if you're going to point to your videos and see there are many more that we are that they should clean up the mess we have all kinds of evidence that our emissions have been reduced substantially one by measuring them. by working collectively as a as a group of companies to keep improving our performance there have been examples over the years in our reports where companies have. looked at the responsible care ethic and decided well this we can't do it this way this is cedar too risky to the community for transporting something that's in a way that's not. we can't defend or a product looks too risky i'm not sure i can manage it so let's just limit it so there are countless examples i think where people have continually challenge themselves and prove their performance and ended up in their view
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a better company for. what we're finding out from the bucket sampling because what we do is we take a sample. and we ship it off to california and then they tested to see what chemicals are in there and at what levels then we give it back to global community monitoring and they love the chemicals and how they can affect your body and what the standards are in the states for these chemicals. that we turn around and head to the people here stronghold people just us and that they love the standards in canada or terrio or whatever. but they're finding that there is a lot of there is no standards for
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a lot of these chemicals here soledad it's one day when there are shortages there are slides. showing all the chemicals that are produced and how they affect your body and as i was looking at i don't know there's a whole bunch of people on the reserve that have these illnesses. in two thousand and four ada compiled a health survey of the nine hundred residents in the adult she discovered severe chronic headaches chronic respiratory problems severe skin problems near logical problems infertility in miscarriages birth defects cancers and loss of children till miss. in the children she found severe chronic headaches. chronic respiratory problems neurological problems. developmental problems severe skin problems. arthritis
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birth defects. kidney and bladder diseases and cancer. what are you thoughts on the relationship between health and the petrochemical industry. i'm not so sure what the relationship is we do know again we are still legacy issues and you know measure feeling. is an issue related to the use of specialists in industry and you know that's well documented as well understood and we know that there is this legacy issue out there you know it's unfortunate we have empathy for those individuals who are suffer from as well feel yoma but we do know there is a legacy issue there with respect to other health issues that you know i think there's been a lot of inference was made of both the connection between health and potential admissions coming from the coming from the petrochemical industry this is one of the reasons why we and many others in the in the community major major major
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players in the community are advocating for a comprehensive health study a scientifically rigor rigorous peer reviewed health study. in sorry it's not if you're going to get cancer it's when we found a cat in my mom's field and the cat have since been sprayed down at the end of the season and she was drenched with pus decides we brought her home to died so i can stand the thought of her dying in this field. we managed to save her life but she has ongoing neurological problems she has seizures and terminus and if she's around any pesticides now or any type of chemical she has seizures and i started thinking if it's happening to cats what is it doing to us so then i started looking at past sites and the science behind that i'm a master's degree in science so reading this stuff again well there's that getting now became very interesting in my life to learn what actually happens to chemicals when they hit our body so and then with my husband working in chemical valley i was even more interesting learning the stuff that happened there and then my mom got
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the first of her three cancers and then she got second and then i got cancer and then she got the third. my concern about cancer is in this community on a personal level you know. and you know that's got nothing to do with with with my job here or anything else you know regrettably in our society there's all kinds of potential for different exposures and lifestyle issues and genetics all have to be factored in i mean clearly i have had relatives who have you know terrible diseases what their relationship is i couldn't tell you you know and again but i don't have a concern living in the city of sarnia related to do the kinds of things that you're talking about you know that the levels of contamination there are among the highest ever recorded for as best as for benzene for the dioxins so why are we doing this and what we really it's supposed to be illegal to experiment on people
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without their permission that's the nuremberg protocols sarnia is violating the nuremberg protocols we passed a number of laws that were basic environmental laws to clean up the air the water soil and provide for protection for consumers and workers the fundamental tenet of those laws was it's better to be safe than sorry. the basic precautionary principle was in those laws in the one nine hundred seventy s. but in the one nine hundred eighty s. we moved away from that approach and we took the position in the government that we had to have proof in terms of human harm and dead bodies and we've now got to come back to the precautionary approach in europe they've passed legislation like the rich program to require evaluation of chemical hazards but over the past eight years the bush administration has hammered away as has the canadian government at the european union saying that's a restraint of trade it's going to interfere with our ability to have commerce so
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the european principles have become a slightly weaker because of that but they're still better than what we have in canada the us today in canada and the us today it is legal for you to use a bubble bath on your baby that contains a known carcinogen something that causes cancer in animals but not in europe it's not legal so why should european babies bottoms be safer than my grandchildren. midland michigan is home to dow chemicals world headquarters well dupont. bayer monsanto and i.c.i. which is today owned by asco nobel are all responsible for releasing dioxins dow chemical is thought to be the world's largest root source of dioxin. it was also
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thought to be the world's largest producer of chlorine one of the root causes of dioxins and the largest producer of chemical feedstocks to make p.v.c. plastics whose life cycle is associated with more dioxin formation than any other manmade product on earth. because of these modern chemical processes by nine hundred eighty seven dioxins were present in everything from diapers to coffee filters to tampons. in two thousand and three di released an open letter to middling residents stating the dioxins were naturally occurring substance the letter however forgot to clarify a few more details while forest fires and volcanoes do produce dioxins they are not the same dioxins created during chemical processes many doubts and also a number of the natural variety by a hundred to one. a letter also forgot to mention that the first health assessment
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of dioxin completed by the american environmental protection agency estimated that more people will get more cancer from dioxins than any other chemical on earth. as it all signs up there are the dow property again this all doubt property. dioxin is a molecule it's a byproduct of telling. processing it is a known carcinogen although i would dispute that dow has been able to manufacture so much uncertainty about this chemical that if you look around the west rest of the world nobody else is debating the toxicity of dioxin except here in mid michigan. in fact one thousand. nine hundred seventy s. said that this is perhaps one of the most toxic materials he's ever seen. why do you think be disputed now. because there's the financial implication you know
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there's the pending class action lawsuit against residents on the river. and i think the implications for. denying the toxicity of the chemical now has bigger broader implications worldwide i mean there are a lot of dioxin contaminations around the country that you know not just responsible for that could be saddled or you know could have. from the settlement or agreement on the toxicity of dioxin or on the subtle but of a class action lawsuit here i think the ramifications are huge for the chemical industry. we came here it was like an ideal spot the only thing we didn't realize in one
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thousand nine hundred sixty seven when we bought it we were three miles downriver from the chemical plant. i had five children in three of them have immune disorders and my husband when he was diagnosed with colon cancer. my sister in law when i called her to tell her she said oh no i i would expect diabetes or heart disease not cancer we don't have any cancer in the family and he actually died into a pilot's daddy that the health department in michigan was doing. and they came out and took his dioxin levels on the thursday before he died and he . and he was really pretty weak but he said that he would do
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anything if it would help. prove that you know there were problems with. living here and the chemical contamination in the area he had a high level of different dioxin contaminants in his ball of. high for his age level like in the ninety five percentile my husband died at seventy his uncles lived to be in their ninety's and as i said he wasn't sick so you know you say well seventy that's a good life but if there were twenty more years. that i would have liked if i had twenty years i living a corporate jet for dow could be interesting and rewarding for a ticket when it's an angel. corporate angel network uses empty seats on company
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business trips to fly cancer patients who need special ice treatment patients like christy this company does great things this is one of the. dow declined to be interviewed for this film. if given the opportunity we would have been curious to know what that little girl dioxin levels were. now we've heard people say i don't see dead bodies floating down the river is that what it takes to get
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a response from the public health officials from elected officials i don't know but again cancer is very ubiquitous in our area we have you know at least two months cancer rates and it's dioxin responsible for all of it no part of it all probably but we have p.c. bees we have many many other contaminants out there in our environment that could be responsible for this the dioxin is just a part of it one hundred percent of cancers are genetically determined which means that for decelerate to become cancerous need to have a genetic change in the its general ok it doesn't mean that one hundred percent of cancers are there it's the terry completely different story so even so i wonder percent of cancer so it's going to be determined. only five to ten percent of cancers are there at the time. the importance of so knowing this is that a lot of people say oh my god nobody with cancer in my five therefore i
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protect falls because ninety to ninety five percent of cancers occur among people without funding history of cancer childhood cancer has increased thirty percent in the past two decades testicular cancer cancer of young men has increased fifty percent in every industrial country and that's not because of aging and we are seeing an increase in cancer in the elderly adjusted for the fact that there are more of them yes we have more cancer because we're living longer and there are more older people but that does not explain all of the increase in cancer that we're seeing today the romans any foundation is the only research facility in the world to perform full lifespan rodent studies on the carcinogenic potential of chemical substances. the foundation is also unique in that it does pathological screening of every organ in every road and test to. long term health studies of this kind which
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can cost about a million dollars are not required by companies wishing to license a new synthetic chemical drug or genetically modified crops. or two thousand and five study on aspartame the artificial sweetener involved one thousand eight hundred rodents previous experiments on aspartame had had twenty rodents per group or forty rodents per group and so when we came in and did one hundred fifty rodents percepts for group is very important results as a rule the us and t.p. sacrifices their rodents aster to years of life so their experiments usually take one hundred in ten weeks that's considered the gold standard. whereas our experiments are lifespan and rather than interrupted the experiment and sacrifice of the animals one hundred ten weeks are our rodents
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live out their natural lifespan about fifty percent of what they have studied has proven to be carcinogenic and about fifty percent of what we have studied their data that shows that we actually only have scientific information hard data about two percent of all the chemical known chemical substances so it is a huge discrepancy between what we know and what we don't know unfortunately we as citizens tend to confuse the absence of evidence with the absence of risk that an agent has not been adequately studied adequately and i would add independently study it does not mean that it is safe. tentative of the industry is all there is to procrastinate. a job demand of
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regulation about chemical agent chemical compounds you know industry used to do the work and it is understandable what does not understand the boat. shanties doesn't do that i work and that is why most of the shanties out and independent they are sponsored by industry and most of the thigh and they don't claim it's a conflict of interest. langley
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